ElizabethThe Dame Roma Mitchell Cancer Research Laboratories (DRMCRL) and the Freemasons Foundation Centre for Men’s Health welcome Dr Kuczek BSc (Hons),PhD who has joined the DRMCRL as the National Research Manager for the Movemebr and National Breast Cancer Foundation (MNBCF) Linkage Grant program.

Elizabeth brings a wealth of expertise in managing large scale multi-institutional national programs, including in the area of hormone dependent cancer.   Her PhD in biochemistry was followed by postdoctoral studies in immunology in Adelaide and at the University of California San Francisco.  She returned to Adelaide to take on a product manager roll for Sarstedt AG and then moved to Brisbane in 1997 to assist with the establishment of the Australian Genome Research Facility (AGRF) and held responsibility for the DNA sequencing service operations and general operations across all three AGRF nodes (Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide). Elizabeth also managed the wallaby genome sequencing project, at that time, the largest genome to be sequenced in Australia. Elizabeth managed the Go8 space analyst reporting to the Go8 University Directors. Through the University of Sydney’s Westmead Millennium Institute she was the project manager for a National Breast Cancer Foundation funded national collaborative breast cancer research program.

The MNBCF Linkage program is strongly translation focussed and Elizabeth will also bring to the program relevant knowledge acquired through her involvement as a community member of the Joint Consumer Advisory group (since 2010) which provides consumer support for translating health and medical research.

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The 2018 Freemasons Foundation Centre for Men’s Health’s Surgical and Research Travelling Fellowship offers a grant of up to $15,000 to support South Australian surgical clinicians working in the field of men’s health to undertake advanced overseas surgical training and related clinical research. Preference is given to proposals that contribute to the advancement of surgical skills relevant to men’s health. Applications should be consultant clinicians, based in South Australia, with a commitment to the public health system.

Fellowships are available to permanent resident consultant clinicians in South Australia working in surgical disciplines with an emphasis on men’s health. Other eligibility criteria include:

  • Applicants must be a current active research member of the Freemasons Foundation Centre for Men’s Health at the University of Adelaide.
  • Applicants must be accepted on a recognised training programme that requires work outside Australia for its completion or significant advancement.
  • Applicants must be established consultant surgeons holding the FRACS, or equivalent.
  • The planned Fellowship is during 2018 and with an end date no later than Sept 2018 to enable reporting before Dec 2018.
  • Applicants plan to participate in clinical research during the fellowship period, with opportunities for ongoing collaboration preferred.

The Management Group’s decision on the eligibility of an application shall be final. Only one Fellowship is to be awarded in 2018.

Applications addressing the above criteria and relevant supporting documentation are now open and will close April 30th, 2018.
All applications should be sent via email with attachments to menshealth@adelaide.edu.au

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The Centre congratu20180307_111611-reducedlates Ms Megan McIntosh (pictured middle) and Ms Holly Evans (pictured right) on each being awarded a Commonwealth Government Research Training Award PhD Scholarship.  These are highly competitive scholarships.   We also congratulate Megan and Holly who are both recipients of a Freemasons Foundation Centre for Men’s Health PhD Scholarship top-up award.

Megan who has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (Hons) from the University of Adelaide is returning to the Centre after completing her Honours year (1st class) with the Centre in 2017 under the supervision of Dr Camille Short (pictured left). Camille will remain as her supervisor along with Dr Melissa Opozda from FFCMH and Professor Daniel Galvão (Director of the Exercise Medicine Research Institute at Edith Cowan University WA).

Megan’s PhD will be building on her honours work aiming to improve patient-centred support available to men who are on active surveillance for prostate cancer, particularly for those men who have restricted access to services such as those living in rural and remote areas.

We welcome Holly to the Centre. Holly has a Bachelor Applied Science (Hons) and a Graduate Diploma in Exercise Physiology from UniSA, and is taking some time away from her role as a Senior Exercise Physiologist at Inform Health and Fitness Solutions in Norwood to complete her PhD. For her project, Holly will exploit her expertise in exercise physiology to develop and deliver individualised internet-based exercise support to men with metastatic prostate cancer. Holly’s supervisors are Dr Camille Short and Professor Daniel Galvão.

Both Megan’s and Holly’s projects take advantage of the Centre’s expertise in digital health, rural health, men’s health services preferences, and prostate cancer supportive care. Both Megan and Holly will be part of the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Prostate Cancer Survivorship, of which the Centre is a partner.


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The Centre and Mrs Iris O’Rourek congratulate Miss Mrunal Hiwase on being awarded the 2018 Paddy O’Rourke Honours Scholarship for prostate cancer research. Mrunal, pictured centre with Iris O’Rourke (Paddy’s wife), and Co-Supervisor Dr Andrew Vincent (FFCMH Senior Biostatistician), will be based part-time at SAHMRI and the remainder at the South Australian Prostate Cancer Clinical Outcomes Collaborative (SA-PCCOC) (Flinders) […]

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The Centre congratulates FFCMH Centre member Dr Sean Martin (Uni of Adelaide, SAHMRI) on being awarded the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship for 2018. Sean is pictured above receiving his award at Parliament House by Federal Senator for Education and Training, the Hon Simon Birmingham. Sean and his young family will travel to Boston, USA, where Sean will study differences in care received […]

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Next up in our podcast series showcasing young researchers from the Freemasons Foundation Centre for Men’s Health at the University of Adelaide, we hear from Dr Sean Martin, NHMRC Post-doctoral Research Fellow and 2018 Fulbright Scholar on lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) in men. Sean is based in the Centre’s population health and clinical research group at the […]

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www.ifarmwell.com.au is a new, free, online tool kit to help Australian farmers cope effectively with life’s challenges and get the most out of every day. It has been developed by Australian farmers in collaboration with a range of organisations from across the agricultural, health, mental health, university and financial sectors. The Freemasons Foundation and the Freemasons […]

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Please join us for the March Men’s Health Research Lunchtime Seminar   Our speakers are: Mr Adam Hamilton (BMaths). FFCMH summer vacation research student Presentation: “Hidden mathematics in genitourinary anatomy”. Mrs Amy Finlay FFCMH PhD candidate Presentation: “What do we need to include in online behavioural change interventions for men with a history of prostate cancer?” When:  […]

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Prof Lyle Palmer and Professor Gary Wittert are part of an international team (Australia, Singapore, Europe, and Canada) who will, for the first time, establish relevant blood fatty acid reference ranges. While considerable research is dedicated to understanding the relationship between fatty acids and health, the interpretability of human studies remains poor due to the lack […]

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The Journal European Urology has just published a summary of a special meeting arranged by the Prostate Cancer Foundation (USA) where stakeholders and 18 opinion leaders in the field from across the globe were invited to discuss androgen receptor variants (ARvs) in prostate cancer.  ARvs are an aberrant (or mutated) form of the androgen receptor.  The […]

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